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Quick start not enough, CAK falls at Webb

Christian Academy of Knoxville fell short of a win against its Knox County rival, Webb School of Knoxville.

The two football teams met on Webb’s Faust Field Friday, Sept. 26, and though the Warriors had a quick lead, Webb ultimately conquered with a final score of 31-14.

CAK (3-3) came out on the field ready to go and scored in its first two possessions, catching the Spartans off-guard. Warriors quarterback Michael Fromke attacked early, passing first to senior wide receiver Taylor Moran, then to junior wide receiver Davis Burton, for two touchdowns.

Matthew Warren converted both extra points, giving CAK a 14-point lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

Of his touchdown reception, Burton said, “Coach [Rusty] Bradley called a really good play. Michael threw a great ball, and there wasn’t anybody there to tackle me.”

Bradley said the team played well during the first quarter.

“Our kids were ready to play. We were calm, composed,” he added. “We were executing from the beginning, and I’m proud of our guys and how hard they played.”

Momentum shifted, and Webb (2-3) scored two touchdowns in its next two possessions and a field goal with 32 seconds left in the first half, giving the Spartans the lead. (See related Webb School story, beginning on page 19)

Bradley said his players on both sides of the ball struggled for the rest of the game.

“I think we just started missing tackles. Guys were getting out of position a little bit defensively. Offensively, penalties killed us after the first quarter. We put ourselves in situations we weren’t able to overcome. In the second half, we just weren’t able to finish drives,” he said.

Fromke passed for 270 yards, 113 to Moran alone, but the Warriors were unable to get into the end zone again. “We could’ve put a lot more points on the board than we did,” Burton said.

After the first quarter, senior Keenan Kolinsky said the Warriors became its own worst enemy.

“We were fired up. We had a few good plays. They didn’t really stop us all night, we just sort of kicked ourselves with penalties, turnovers and things like that, but as far as moving the ball, they didn’t really stop us the whole time,” he said.

Despite Webb’s 31 points, several CAK defensive players had double-digit numbers of tackles.

Free safety J.D. Arnett led the team with 15 total tackles, followed by Tyler Eichholtz with 14 and Ethan Poe and Jacob Duncan with 10 each.

“[Webb is] a tough offense to defend,” Bradley said. “We just came up a little bit short.”

Arnett, a junior, said the Warriors had trouble executing.

“We had a few mishaps. The coaches had a great game plan, we just didn’t execute it. They are a good team, and they’re well-coached,” he added.

The Warriors had four penalties for a total of 41 yards during the game.

CAK gets a much-needed rest next week as injuries continue to plague the team. The Warriors’ next game is at home in Region 2-2A against perennial Class 2A power and defending state champ Alcoa Friday, Oct. 10.

“The bye is going to be critical to us. We’ve got a lot of guys banged up. It’s crazy. The list just seems to keep growing,” Bradley said. “We need to let guys heal so they can come back and be ready for Alcoa.”

Arnett also said the team needs some time to heal, adding it also gives them “an extra week to prepare for Alcoa, who is a good team. We can definitely beat them; we just need to go all-out.”

Kolinsky said the Warriors will “forget about this game. Don’t think about it, just look ahead.”


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